A loan of $800 helped buy raw materials for agriculture.

Maria Mercedes's story

Maria Mercedes C. Q. is 32 years old. She is married and lives in the municipality of Ventanas, Los Rios province. She has four children called Miriam, Jonathan, Alex and Dayona.

Maria is a member of the Narcisa de Jesús communal bank. There are 15 members in total, most of whom work in agriculture.

Maria works in agriculture, growing corn and rice. She buys and sells produce in the municipality of Ventanas.

She requests a loan to buy raw materials for her agricultural business. The loan with improve her financial situation and enable her to buy raw materials. Her dream is to own land. A challenge she faces in her work is pests attacking corn crops, in particular the "longosta" type.

In her free time she tidies her home and does the housework.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alba Sort

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